With trades, signings, and everything in between, it’s easy to forget that the Toronto Marlies played this weekend! Here’s a quick primer of what you may have missed, as the team split games against the affiliates of Pittsburgh (Wilkes-Barre) and Philadelphia (Lehigh Valley).
Dmytro Timashov – Chris Mueller – Jeremy Bracco
Pierre Engvall – Josh Jooris – Carl Grundstrom
Mason Marchment – Adam Brooks – Trevor Moore
Morgan Klimchuk – Colin Greening – G. Molino / E. Clark
Calle Rosen – T. Liljegren / J. Subban
A. Borgman / S. Jardine – Frank Corrado
Rasmus Sandin – Vincent LoVerde
Saturday: Kasimir Kaskisuo
Sunday: Eamon McAdam
Powerplay 1: Timashov – Mueller – Moore – Bracco – Sandin
Powerplay 2: Marchment – Jooris – Grundstrom – Engvall – Rosen / Subban
Penalty Kill Forwards: Greening, Jooris, Moore, Brooks, Engvall, Klimchuk (Molino)
Penalty Kill Defencemen: Rosen, Corrado, LoVerde (Borgman)
- Sheldon Keefe’s decision to call a timeout shortly after Toronto went down 2-0 on Saturday was one of his best pure coaching moves since he’s shown up here. No one wants to burn that pause just a handful of minutes into the game, but it was enough of a push of the reset button to get his players’ heads back in the game; in less than two seconds, they had somehow had the lead.
- A quick burst of handed powerplays certainly helped with that push, as Wilkes-Barre found themselves flailing. Unfortunately for Toronto, their man-advantage luck dried up after that, going scoreless for the rest of the weekend.
- Morgan Klimchuk made his debut this weekend. While the fourth line was caved in on the shot clock, the newcomer picked up a pair of goals on the weekend; one of which you might asterisk for being an empty-netter, but also are happy to give him when factoring for the disallowed goal he scored on Saturday.
- Timothy Liljegren was injured just a few shifts into Saturdays game, appearing to hurt his leg or his knee after getting hit hard along the boards near the defensive blue line by a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton player. He tested it out for a shift in the second, but did not return or play on Sunday. No timeline has been given for him.
- Rasmus Sandin’s weekend wasn’t great; he and Vincent LoVerde had their minutes perked up in frequency and quality to make up for Liljegren’s loss, and were outshot worse than they’ve been previously. Sandin also conceded a penalty shot on Sunday as part of an attempted recovery on his own error. Teenaged mistakes no doubt, but still worth remembering that no path is bumpless.
- A few other rotations: Andreas Borgman was sore on Sunday, so Sam Jardine came in. Griffen Molino was subbed for Emerson Clark, who came back after missing a few weeks with a concussion. Clark didn’t seem to add much (especially with him taking fewer chances with his hits due to his ailment), but Jardine looked better than he had in previous outings.
- Jordan Subban returned to the lineup after a few games off to take Liljegren’s place. A point shot of his turned into one of Pierre Engvall’s two goals on the weekend, and he led the team in Corsi (+9, 80%) on Sunday. The minutes were sparing and sheltered, but he made the most of them.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo and Eamon McAdam both got a game in this weekend and, well, it was 2018/19 Marlies goaltending; which is to say, neither looked great. McAdam’s run of brilliant luck came to an end on Sunday; the loss to Lehigh Valley was his first in regulation, despite entering the game at just a 0.893 through seven starts.
- With the split, the Marlies remain in 4th in the Atlantic division in points percentage, sitting at a 9-8-2-2 record. Their 86 goals remain the most in the AHL, while their 87 goals against remains in the Bottom 3.
- Toronto’s next game comes on Wednesday night, as they take on the Providence Bruins at the Colaseum. Puck drop will be at 7:00 PM.